Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Chrome OS and Android convergence continues with a pretty new Chromebook feature

Is Google going to merge Chrome OS and Android? Back in December the company said there was no point, because both are successful. Instead, it seems the company is going to continue introducing Chrome features that are synonymous with Android.

Last year, it was the inclusion of the Play Store, now Google is introducing a brand new touchscreen launcher for the web-based desktop operating system.

The launcher, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the display, looks very similar to the one deployed on Android tablets. It is sure to come in handy for folks using touchscreen Chromebooks in tablet mode.

You can see it in the video below:

The reveal comes from Google’s Chrome evangelist Francois Beaufort, who showed off the beta feature on his personal Google+ page (remember those?)

It’ll probably be rolled into the main OS in 3-4 months, according to an Android Police report.

Related: Android O features

While Chrome OS and Android continue to gain features from each other, the elephant in the room is the so-called Fuchsia OS Google is currently working on.

It is thought to be a hybrid of the desktop and mobile platforms that could eventually replace them both.

Back in May, we got the first peek at a UI for the mysterious platform, but there was no mention of anything official at Google I/O that month.

We still don’t know what Google is really up to with this third operating system, which has been built from the ground up.

Will it complement Android or Google Chrome? Perhaps it’s an intended replacement for one of them? Is this simply Google experimenting in open sight?

Do you think Google is creating one OS to rule them all? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.